(AP) – Members of Congress are pledging to deepen their investigations into sexual assault, harassment and other problems at Fort Hood, Texas, and explore legislation.
They’re zeroing in on what officials say are glaring deficiencies in the Army criminal investigations unit at the base. “Red flags” have been ignored at the base for years. That’s according to Rep. Jackie Speier, who leads the House Armed Services subcommittee on military personnel. She says she’ll hold Army leaders accountable as they move to address the failures.
Army officials on Tuesday released an independent panel’s report on chronic leadership failures and widespread violence at Fort Hood. Service leaders fired or suspended 14 officers and enlisted soldiers at the base.